PRESS: A Foot in the Door: An Unaffordable Country’s Next Steps

At the Tyee, a piece describing the affordability crisis across Canada and paths to affordability. Housing choices for all ages is critical:

The wide range of housing experiences suggests that solving Canada’s shelter crisis will take a similarly broad range of responses from across society.

The fears and expectations that estrange LGBTQ2S youth from their families have deep and tangled roots difficult for public policies to address. Targeting rent subsidies to this vulnerable group might be a lot easier.

The burdensome economic legacy of historic subjection can’t be lifted overnight from today’s young native professionals and off-reserve First Nations. But a much broaderĀ interpretation of settler society’s responsibilities to indigenous people — sparked by a process of truth and reconciliation and going beyond narrow legalistic reading of treaties — might open many new doors.

Whether as empty-nesters, active elders, or confronting frailty, Canada’s growing number of households and individuals over 65 face adjustments to their own housing needs that will also influence the stock of existing shelter available for new occupants. Cities re-designed to be friendlier to 80-year-olds turn out also to have features that are just as welcoming to eight-year-olds and their young families.

In short, an adequate response to the full scale and variety of Canada’s housing crises will have lots of rooms, plenty of doorways and probably a grab-bag of styles.

Read more here.

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